Reviewed by: Brian C. Johnson
|Featuring:||Steve Zahn—Frank Heffley
Rachael Harris—Susan Heffley
Devon Bostick—Rodrick Heffley
Zachary Gordon—Greg Heffley
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|Director:||David Bowers—“Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul” (2017), “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days” (2012), “Astro Boy” (2009), “Flushed Away” (2006)|
Jeff Kinney—executive producer
|Distributor:||Twentieth Century Fox Film Corporation|
The latest exploits of Greg and Rowley in “Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules” are the sequel to the 2010 cinematic adaptation of the best-selling book series of the same name by Jeff Kinney.
Greg (Zachary Gordon) is a year older, but is still trying to find his place in the middle school pecking order. Unlike his best friend, Rowley (Robert Capron), who is content being himself, Greg doesn’t particularly care for being a no-name and will do whatever he can to move up a few notches on the popularity charts—even if that means being a bit of a bully to Rowley. He is repeatedly rebuffed by the kids around him, but none more so than by his own big brother Rodrick (Devon Bostick).
These two take sibling rivalry to all time high, forcing their parents Susan and Frank Heffley (Rachael Harris, Steve Zahn) to try alternative measures to keep them from killing each other.
There are jokes and sight gags, and Greg’s middle school hijinks are likely to entertain teens and tweens.
All in all, the cinematography and acting is good. The writers and directors did not try “too hard” to make it more than it needs to be. This film is developmentally appropriate for its age group and is still funny and entertaining. Even the scenes that could have gone “too far” were tempered; one particular scene comes to mind. Against their parents’ wishes, Rodrick and Greg throw a party while their parents are away for the night; instead of the usual movie fare of alcohol and other drugs, at this party, soda and snacks flow like a river.
There weren’t enough scenes featuring Fregley (Grayson Russell), my favorite character from the original.
Violence: Minor / Profanity: None / Sex/Nudity: None
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